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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Reindeer

 Sweet and Salty Chocolate Reindeer
You can enlist little hands to help position the antlers, eyes and noses on these adorable, crisp reindeer cookies. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
48 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 96 miniature pretzels
  • 96 M&M's miniature baking bits
  • 48 small red gumdrops

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, cream of tartar,
  • baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough into eight portions; cover and refrigerate for at least
  • 2 hours.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 6-in. circle;
  • cut into six wedges. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Reindeer (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Press in pretzels for antlers, baking bits for eyes and a gumdrop
  • for the nose.
  • Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute
  • before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight
  • container. Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 119 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.